The draw for post positions in this year's Belmont Stakes will be made on Wednesday, at which point every runner in the field will have a better understanding of their chances at winning the 2017 crown.
Favourites can fade in any race without the right fortune in finding their post, meaning the likes of front-runners such as Classic Empire or Tapwrit may still see their challenge for Belmont success intercepted.
Saturday's race will attract one of the biggest audiences in horse racing, but Wednesday's big reveal should also be of serious interest to those invested in this year's Belmont Stakes.
Read on for information on when and how you can tune into Wednesday's curtain raiser, complete with a preview of Saturday's showdown in New York.
Date: Wednesday, June 7
Time: 11 a.m. ET/4 p.m. BST
Live Stream: Official NYRA website
Classic Empire boasts a big advantage in experience when compared to many of his three-year-old peers, winning five times in nine outings and finishing outside the top three of just two of those occasions.
He's been picked as a favourite for the Belmont title and has only seen that push improved by the absences of Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing.
The horse has been active at Belmont Park preparing in recent days, and Alicia Wincze Hughes of BloodHorse.com recently attested to the star's fast half-mile time:
Alicia Wincze Hughes @BH_AHughes
Classic Empire back at the barn after going a half in :50 2/5 https://t.co/jidicFPMCU2017-6-2 10:32:24
Whenever one speaks of title challenges in the United States, trainer Todd Pletcher's name is likely never far away, and Tapwrit looks like the contender likely to be pushing the favourite for the No. 1 place this Saturday.
The one major boon in his arsenal is the fact he skipped the Preakness Stakes after finishing sixth in the Kentucky, and Albany Times Union reporter Tim Wilkin confirmed he'll have the same mount on Saturday as well:
Tim Wilkin @tjwilkin
Todd Pletcher says Tapwrit, 6th in @KentuckyDerby, headed to @BelmontStakes. @jose93_ortiz keeps the mount.2017-5-31 17:34:34
A win in the Tampa Bay Derby highlighted Tapwrit at his best in March, and although he's struggled for top form in his most recent ventures, there's clearly burst potential in the runner.
One unheralded contender rarely spoken of in the buildup to this year's Belmont Stakes is Lexington Stakes winner Senior Investment, whose first few tastes of graded racing have offered mixed results.
David Grening of Daily Racing Form recently offered evidence to suggest Senior Investment will offer his peers a stiff contest at Belmont, too, with a very quick half-mile time:
David Grening @DRFGrening
Senior Investment, 3rd in Preakness, works half-mile in 49.18 seconds over BEL main track. Went in quarters of 24.68, 24.50 #belmontstakes .2017-5-31 09:59:36
His triumph at Lexington came in response to a not-as-impressive run to sixth at the Louisiana Derby just two weeks prior, showing how swift his chances can alter depending on the race.
Trainer Kenneth McPeek will have been pleased with his charge's sprint to third spot at Preakness last month, and only Classic Empire (second) remains as a horse to have beaten him in the Triple Crown's second leg.